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October 17, 2012

Step Back in Time: Oct. 17, 2012

Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.

25 years ago

Oct. 17, 1987

The 8-track tape couldn’t do it. Neither could the reel-to-reel or the cassette. But the compact disc is on its way to taking over a domain that 12-inch LP records have held for decades.

The old vinyl records will never die, say those who sell them in the Oneonta area, but they will take a permanent back seat to the compact discs.

“Since CDs came out I haven’t bought any records at all,” said Rich Feher, owner of Stereo Lab on Chestnut Street in Oneonta.

The compact disc is more convenient and durable than other home sources of music. And most importantly, it produces a clearer sound of higher quality than any of its counterparts.

“Our album sales have dropped and our CDs have increased,” said Music For us manager Debbie Pondolfino. It is not limited to age or type of listener, she said.

“I’m slowing down on orders of albums because people are turning toward CDs,” said Nick Boccio, Village Music owner.

The movement to CDs began with classical music listeners, who tend to be more attuned to precise sound quality, Boccio said. It has now spread to all kinds of listeners.

LPs — the victims of the rise of CDs — will go the way of the old 78 rpm record, predicted Feher.

“There will still be collectors,” he said.

50 years ago

Oct. 17, 1962

COOPERSTOWN — About $4,000 worth of radiological equipment has arrived at the office of the County Civil Defense in Cooperstown.

“We have waited six months for the delivery,” reported W. Earl Winger, County Civil Defense Director.

Monday, the 37 boxes containing radiological defense monitoring kits will be distributed in 37 locations in Otsego County, according to Mr. Winger.

The equipment, to be used in measuring radiation fallout in and around homes, will be given to the various individuals who have been trained in the use of the instruments.

In the event of a nuclear attack, the trained personnel will report to the civil defense office the amount of fallout in their area, and on the basis of such report it will be determined whether or not it is safe to venture outside.

“Within a short time practice exercises will be held to keep the voluntary personnel in practice,” concluded Mr. Winger.

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